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Lancaster County Parks Department Environmental Education Team

717-295-2055||http://lancastercountyparks.org

Upcoming Events

March 2020

$3.00

Seed Starting

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prepare for warm weather by planting some seeds. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will show you how to make a compostable DIY pot, which you will be able to plant directly into the ground after seeds have sprouted. Seeds and soil will be provided. This program is geared for ages 5 through 8. Older or younger children are welcome if accompanying an age-appropriate sibling; please call to register them. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on…

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$2.00

Toddler Nature & STEM Play

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until April 27, 2020

Toddler Nature & STEM Play is an enriching opportunity for your little ones to explore the world around them and engage with children their own age! Naturalist Brooke Sycamore will lead multisensory guided activities, walks, storytelling, yoga, and free play in each session. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all important parts of this nature-centered offering. Parent participation is essential to the success of this program. Children over age 3 are welcome if accompanying younger siblings. Register online or call…

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$3.00

Munchkin Science – Predators and Prey

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Munchkins will have a blast learning about animals and the relationships between predator and prey animals. We will first learn by touching, holding, and sharing the furs, teeth, skeletons, feathers, and talons of once-live animals. After distinguishing predators from prey, participants will head outside with Naturalist Ann Strauss to play some running games that simulate animals in the wild. This program is geared for ages 3 through 5. Children over age 5 are welcome if accompanying younger siblings. Register online…

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April 2020

$4.00

Homeschool Wednesday: Migrations of Marine Mammals

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Spring homeschool science classes will continue to explore migration with Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel. Each session will delve into the wonders of migration within a different animal group. As our northern hemisphere days lengthen, students will also participate in the Journey North Mystery Class. Dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Programs are geared for ages 8 through 12. Children under age 8 are welcome if accompanying older siblings; please call to register them. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to…

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$2.00

What’s the Buzz about Bees?

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Even the bees are waking up from their winter slumber! All summer long you will hear the busy buzzing of bees as they search for the food to get them through the year. Listen to a story, make a craft, and get the buzzzzzz on bees with Naturalist Rachel Albright. This program is geared for ages 8 and under. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $2.00 per child age 3…

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$2.00

Signs of Spring Hike

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Natures Way
Lancaster, PA, 17602
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Each season offers its own unique plant and wildlife viewing opportunities. Join Naturalist Brandon Pentz for a hike along the Conestoga River and the surrounding woods in Central Park to see what spring has in store. We will be on the lookout for birds, wildflowers, and whatever else comes our way! Participants should be able to complete a 45-minute hike with uphill portions. Please dress for potentially cold/rainy weather. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by…

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$2.00

Signs of Spring Hike

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Natures Way
Lancaster, PA, 17602
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Each season offers its own unique plant and wildlife viewing opportunities. Join Naturalist Brandon Pentz for a hike along the Conestoga River and the surrounding woods in Central Park to see what spring has in store. We will be on the lookout for birds, wildflowers, and whatever else comes our way! Participants should be able to complete a 45-minute hike with uphill portions. Please dress for potentially cold/rainy weather. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by…

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$5,00

Eco Friend Brownie Badge

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

All Brownie Girl Scouts are welcome to join Naturalist Ann Strauss in earning their Eco Friend Badge. We will complete all requirements for the badge, including hiking, respecting animal homes, building fires and practicing fire safety. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $5.00 per scout and $1.00 per adult. Ages 6 and up

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$4.00

Egg-xperiments

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With spring approaching, let’s dissect some eggs and perform some egg-xperiments! Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead participants through the egg dissection, discussing each fascinating part of the egg and their functions for a growing chick. Egg-xperiments following the dissection include testing shell strength, soaking eggs in different liquids to see what happens, and more! Each child is required to have adult supervision. Adults are welcome to participate or observe; adult experimenters will need to call to register. Register online or…

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$2.00

Adult Full Planter’s Moon Hike

April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for the first full moon of spring on this adult only night hike. Experience the sights and sounds of early spring in the park after dark. The moon will guide us along the trails and the creek. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Monday, April 6. $2.00 per person. Ages 18 and up

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$2.00

Skulls, Skins, and Scat

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Explore the natural history of local mammals with Naturalist Ellen Blazer. This hands-on, interactive program is geared towards children ages 5 through 8. Older or younger children are welcome if accompanying an age-appropriate sibling; please call to register them. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Tuesday, April 7. $2.00 per person. Ages 5-8

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$3.00

Wildflower HUNT

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Some people will be out hunting for plastic eggs this week, but I’ll be out hunting for wildflowers. Join Naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez for a wildflower hunt. We will walk through the fields and the woods looking for the early sprouting and blooming wildflowers. While we enjoy looking at the many different colors, we will learn about the flowers and their value to humans and wildlife. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Thursday,…

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$5,00

Webelos: Into the Woods Badge

April 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Webelos are all welcome to join Naturalist Ann Strauss in completing requirements for the Into the Woods Badge. Webelos will learn to identify plants and trees and appreciate their uses. Together we will describe how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem. Participants will receive a tree sapling to take home and plant. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 3. $5.00 per scout 10 to 18 and $1.00 per adult.…

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$3.00

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflowers

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve, Green Hill Road, Conestoga PA United States + Google Map

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve holds regional notoriety for spectacular spring wildflowers. Join Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel for a memorable walk in this lovely glen. Dress for the weather, and wear shoes appropriate for walking on woodland trails. Meet at the gate by the bridge at the start of the trail on Green Hill Road South. Approach from the north via Shenk’s Ferry Road; Green Hill Road south of the preserve gate and bridge is closed. Register online or call (717)…

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$6.00

Senses Badge for Brownie Girl Scouts

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With a program designed to stimulate the senses, Brownie Girl Scouts will have lots of fun fulfilling these badge requirements! Scavenger hunts, taste bud examinations, and construction of “feel wheels” are a couple of the activities Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will assist the girls in completing. Leaders will be responsible for bringing items for tasting. Badges are not included. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 17. $6.00 per scout and $1.00…

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$6.00

Geocacher Badge for Junior Girl Scouts

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Junior Girl Scouts will play introductory GPS games, make a trade item, and practice the sport with special caches. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead girls in indoor and outdoor activities to complete this badge. A limited number of GPS units are available; please indicate if units are required when registering. Badges are not included. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 17. $6.00 per scout and $1.00 per adult.Ages 8 and…

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$2.00

WORMS!

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worms! Who loves worms?! One of the first spring animals to emerge from the cold of winter, worms are a unique, interesting animal that are fascinating to study. Participants will join Naturalist Ann Strauss in learning some fun facts about worms, heading outside to catch some worms, and studying some of their habits to learn more about these underappreciated creatures. Register online or call (717) 295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Friday, April 17. $2.00 per person. All…

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